Values & Beliefs
Every member of Olive Chapel Baptist Church is called to ministry in the world.
Our aims are to:
- Reach up to God through worship and prayer
- Reach out to the world through evangelism and missions
- Reach in to believers through discipleship and fellowship
We believe in:
- Biblical teaching and preaching
- Praise and worship
- Godly servant leadership
- World missions
- Christian education
- Welcoming guests
- Building strong families
- God’s Love for all people
Olive Chapel Baptist Church states its priorities as:
- The Bible – we must read, study, understand, and obey
- The Great Commission – we must evangelize and make disciples
- Church Health – as we achieve priorities 1 and 2 we must also love one another even as we love Christ and He loves us.
What We Believe about God –
We believe in one eternally existent, infinite God, sovereign of the universe; that He only is God, holy in nature, attributes, and purposes; that He, as God, is triune in essential being, revealed as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis1; Leviticus 19:2; Isaiah 6:1-7; Matthew 3:16-17; John 14:6-27)
What We Believe about Jesus Christ –
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity; that He is eternally one with the Father; He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary becoming God in human form. (Matthew 1:20-25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:3)
What We Believe about the Holy Spirit –
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity; He is ever present and effectively active in and with the church, convicting the world of sin, regenerating those who repent and believe, sanctifying believers, and guiding all in truth as it is revealed in Jesus.
(John 14:15-17; John 16:7-15; Acts 15:8-9; Romans 8:1-27; II Thessalonians 2:13)
What We Believe about the Bible –
We believe in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, by which we understand the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, revealing without error, the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation and daily life.
(Luke 24:44-47; John 10:35; I Corinthians 15:3-4; II Timothy 3:14-17; II Peter 1:20-21)
What We Believe about the Church –
We believe in the church, the community of baptized believers that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The church is the living body of Christ called together by the Holy Spirit through the Word. Jesus Christ is the head of the church and the church is to live under His rule in anticipation of the second coming of our Lord.
(Matthew 16:17-18; I Corinthians 1:2; I Peter 2:9-10; Ephesians 2:18-19, 4:3-6; Romans 12:4-5)
Welcoming Guests –
We believe that God desires for us to reach as many people as possible with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. We desire to be open, friendly, and caring toward those people God sends into our path.
(Matthew 25:35; Galatians 5:14; Matthew 22:36-39; John 21:16)
We believe that God desires His people to pray and the He hears and answers prayers according to His will. Through prayer we can receive God’s wisdom, guidance, and forgiveness.
(I Thessalonians 5:16-18; Colossians 4:2; Philippians 4:6-7; Matthew 6:5-13)
Building Strong Families –
We believe the family of God should help Christians develop a life of godliness in all areas of their lives, especially their family life. We are committed to teaching unity, love, and forgiveness among believers and their families.
(Joshua 24:15; Mark 5:19; Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 6:1-4)
We believe to become a disciple of Christ takes spiritual discipline. There are four disciplines that we believe help develop spiritual maturity: Studying God’s Word, Prayer, Stewardship, and Fellowship.
(Luke 9:23-25; Psalm 111:10; Romans 12:1-2; John 8:31-32)
God’s Love for All People –
We believe that all people, believers and non-believers, are loved by God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church. By building relationships with people we may eventually be able to communicate the life-changing message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
(John 3:16-17; I John 3:16; Romans 10:11-13; Genesis 1:27)